Students in Yasuko Takata Rallings’ Intermediate Japanese course created maps using Google My Maps to capture the experience of a student studying abroad in Japan and living with a host family. These maps trace a student’s exploration of the neighborhood where they live, famous places throughout Japan, and weekend travel to farther flung locales. Both individually and collaboratively, students annotated maps using written Japanese, spoken Japanese (by uploading audio recordings), and photographs of travel destinations found online. The purpose of these assignments was to give students an opportunity to apply their Japanese language skills in an authentic context of planning and narrating travel and cultural learning.
What will you build?
A digital map? A web exhibit? A course blog anthologized at the end of the semester? A collaboratively annotated critical edition of primary sources? Paintings or art prints digitized to support deep zoom? Or something else?